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and raised a black islamic flag that praised the prophet mohammed. in libya, the attack at the u.s. benghazi consulate turned deadly when they fired guns, burned the compound and burned the building. four americans were murdered including the embassy, christopher stevens. secretary of state hillary clinton condemned the benghazi crimes. >> how could this happen in a country we help liberate in a city we helped save from destruction? >> the attacks in both libya and egypt are linked to a film called innocent of muslims, made by a california-based director. the movie depictures the prophet mohammed as a quote unquote fraud and a philanderer. a 14-minute trailer of the film was dubbed into egyptian arabic and posted on youtube, thus shared on the internet, including the muslim world. by thursday, national protests had spread to yemen, iran and elsewhere. the secretary of state bluntly separated the u.s. from the inflammatory film. >> the united states government had absolutely nothing to do with this video. we absolutely reject its content and message. but as i said yesterday, there is no justi
definitive conclusions. our assessment at the present is in fact it began spontaneously in benghazi as a reaction to what had transpired hours earlier in cairo where, of course, as you know, there was a violent protest outside of our embassy sparked by this hateful video. but soon after that spontaneous protest began outside of our consulate in benghazi, we believe that it looks like extremist elements, individuals, joined in that effort with heavy weapons of the sort that are, unfortunately, readily now available in libya post-revolution. and that it spun from there into something much, much more violent. >> schieffer: but you do not agree with him that this was something that had been plotted out several months ago? >> we do not-- we do not have information at present that leads us to conclude this was premeditated or preplanned. >> schieffer: do you agree or disagree with him that al qaeda had some part in this? >> well, we'll have to find out that out. i think it's clear there were extremist elements that joined in and escalated the violence. whether they were al qaeda affiliate
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